Book Review: Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

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The 12th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series, Plum Pudding Murder, published in 2009 and written by Joanne Fluke, gets 3.5 stars. I’m skipping my normal detailed and formatted review, as you can only say so many new and different things about similar-type books. That said, I enjoyed this edition and would recommend it to existing fans and potentially new ones.

In this escapade, Hannah continues baking up a storm while preparing for the Christmas holidays. When the owner of a local tree nursery and shop is murdered, she solves the case by enlisting her mother, sisters and friends in all sorts of hi-jinks. She outsmarts her on again / off again cop boyfriend Mike, and continues flirting with her other boy, dentist Norman. Throw in about 25 recipes, and you’ve got a cute and fun cozy book to enjoy. Not to mention the big surprise at the end when the college guy who broke her heart shows up in town!

The murder is good, the story has a strong cast of suspects and the characters provide comic relief. It should have been 15% more story and less recipe, only to give us the necessary substance. The plots also need to start sooner; the murder didn’t happen until 50% through the book! While we got to know the cast in the first half, which gave us potential red herrings and culprits, I wanted to be a bit more invested at that point.

I adore Hannah, want her as my best friend and would love to live in this town. I’d eat cookies all day, but that’s what I do… so there you have it, folks… 🙂

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

    bettylouise31 said:
    January 25, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    I stopped reading Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series some time ago. I felt this is a good review of what has been wrong with is series. I will reblog it.

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    Noriko said:
    January 25, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    The 12th book in the series… I haven’t read the second book yet… need to catch up!! I love the cover and more than anything, I adore Hannah, too! Nice review as always 😉

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    bettylouise31 said:
    January 25, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Reblogged this on idahobluebird50 MYSTERIES GALORE AND PHOTOS and commented:
    Hannah Swenson books were among my favorite books until I got disgust with the love triangle. I have read the reason books. BTW, I belong to the Norman camp. I saw somewhere that her husband had disappeared. This review list the points I feel is wrong with the series. Good reading!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 25, 2018 at 8:04 PM

    Not advocating for a murder or anything, but I do prefer the crime happens earlier rather than later in my cozy. 50% is frustrating.

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    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    January 25, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    I think I read the first 5-6 books in this series but then drifted away.😕

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    lghiggins said:
    January 26, 2018 at 6:57 AM

    Fluke obviously has a fan base, but one of her books was enough for me. Just not enough mystery.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 26, 2018 at 7:11 AM

      I fully understand. Somewhere stronger. I enjoy the light character fun in these, but I need depth in mystery too.

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    Judy said:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    A few years ago, I’ve only read the first book, “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.” I wasn’t hooked; however, I’m still using her Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and have made it my own with a few changes. 🙂 Worth it for the recipe alone. LOL!

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    AJ said:
    January 27, 2018 at 1:11 AM

    Awww I like the Hannah Swenson murder mystery series, but mainly for the recipes as my dad will eat them without complaining. The books did become somewhat formulaic, but that won’t stop me from reading them🤣

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